Category Archives: Accommodationism

Accommodationism at the American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City is perhaps the finest museum of its type in the U.S. My old friend Betsy visited it during her trip to NYC with her husband to see the Rigged Dog Debate, and she sent me a picture from her visit to the Museum’s Hall of Human Origins. The […]

AccomodationFest: New York Times readers respond to David Barash

David Barash’s post in the Sept. 27 online New York Times, ““God, Darwin, and my college biology class,” incited a lot of discussion. In it Barash describes how he sees science and religion as incompatible, but also how he tells that to students in his animal behavior class at The University of Washington (a public university) in […]

Boudry’s Ten Commandments for faitheism

Philosopher Maarten Boudry at Ghent University, whom we’ve featured on this site before (see here and here, for instance), is a fierce opponent of accommodationism and has written a slew of good papers, sometimes with collaborators like Yonatan Fishman, on misconceptions about the “supernatural” and on failed attempts to reconcile science and religion. In other words, he’s a philosopher […]

The Albatross revealed!

I discovered—from Matthew Cobb!—that the Albatross, under its real name, has now appeared on Amazon. Here it is (note that the publication date of May 19 is provisional): You will note that the name “Richard Dawson” is in the blurb on the site; it will be changed to “Richard Dawkins” ASAP. I like the cover (that […]

Karen Armstrong osculates religion on the BBC

Reader Colin sent an email that Karen Armstrong was on the BBC this morning. His note, below, got me to listen to the first 15 minutes of the 43-minute show, the part that is pretty much a monologue by Armstrong before other discussants take over. His email: If you can stomach it, you might find the interview on […]

David Barash on the incompatibility of science and faith

As I mentioned two posts ago, David Barash, a biologist at the University of Washington who works on animal behavior and evolution, has a post in today’s New York Times, “God, Darwin, and my college biology class.”  It’s basically an argument for the incompatibility of science and religion, and I like it a lot, not […]

My take on NOMA: an old book review

Several readers called my attention to a nice essay by biologist David Barash in today’s New York Times, an essay whose theme is the incompatibility of science and religion. In it, Barash takes out after Steve Gould’s accommodationist stance of Non-overlapping Magisteria, or NOMA, adumbrated in detail in Gould’s 1999 book Rocks of Ages. When that […]

Accommodatheism I: Salon proposes that we all stop criticizing the low-hanging believers

I decided to Coyne a new world to replace “faitheism,” and it’s in the title. “Accommodatheism.” It’s the tendency of some nonbelievers to try to make common cause with believers, or at least to stop criticizing them. (Watch Chris Stedman steal this word for the title of his next book!) A prime example of accomodatheism is […]

My interview with the Polish Rationalists

When I was chilling in Poland a while back, I was interviewed by two members of the Polish Rationalist Society (PSR). Kaja Bryx, who helped organized my “lecture tour” a year ago, did the interviewing, while the filming was done by her partner Jacek Tabisz, the president of the PSR. It’s an 18.5-minute interview, and in […]

David Brooks and his weakness for the sacred

David Brooks, a conservative columnist for the New York Times, is one of the less noxious conservatives on their staff (think of Ross Douthat, for instance). Although he was in favor of our invasion of Iraq, and supported John McCain, he’s also not nearly as anti-Obama as are other right-wing columnists.  I still think, however, […]


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